As coaches, one of the best things we can do for our players is set a great example of what it looks like to lead oneself.
This sounds so easy, but yet it’s so hard to do.
I know many times I get to the end of my day and realize the day has won me (and not the other way around).
What I mean is that we let things like the next phone call, the next text message, the next email, or the next thing on our to-do list, take hold of our day and get the win over us.
Instead of simply responding to daily circumstances, we have the opportunity to take the lead first thing in the morning and set the tone for anything to come.
Like how starting a game off the right way is vitally important to your team’s success, how you start your day is vitally important to the success of your day.
We’ve got to win the morning so that we can win our day.
Below I’ve included a few habits I’ve been doing each morning for several years now. I’ve found as I consistently do these each morning, I’m winning more and losing less on a day to day basis.
Try these out or experiment with some of your own. I know by using this formula, you’ll find the same success I’ve found!
The first thing I do each morning is: drink a glass of water. Everyday when I wake up my body is dehydrated so I hydrate right away.
Next I get a workout in (the type can vary) and afterwards I drink a healthy green smoothie.
After my smoothie, it’s time to get my mind right.
There are three things I do each morning to prime my mind:
1) a daily gratitude exercise
2) a daily devotional
3) a daily reading
Some days I might read for as little as 5 minutes or as long as 30 minutes.
Regardless of the length, I know this step is important to get myself poised and ready for the day.
Winning is all about preparation.
And by priming my body, my mind, and my heart each morning — I’m ready for anything that comes my way throughout the day.
To win the day we have to stop letting other people and other things control our emotions.
I view my day just like I view my TV remote — I’m not handing it over or giving control of it to anyone else!
Can you start winning your mornings with a few new habits?
By establishing daily habits, you’re putting yourself on track to be more successful on a daily basis.
In doing so, you can ultimately win your day and become the consistent and impactful leader your players need you to be.